1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Birdie Busch

Birdie Busch

The Extraordinaires, Lux Perpetua

Wed, April 2, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA


This event is 21 and over

Birdie Busch
Birdie Busch
Thunder Bridge marks Birdie Busch’s 5th full length release. The title is a nod to a line from one of her favorite Sun Ra poems, “We Must Not Say No to Ourselves”. Recorded in Germantown, the same neighborhood in Philadelphia that Sun Ra spent a lot of his musical journey, Thunder Bridge is an album by kindreds for kindreds. The original plan was to make songs for fellow friend and Philly visual artist Alison Dilworth at the oncoming dawn of motherhood. It was meant to help cross a threshold between here and there while also keeping a sense of the everywhere and always intact. But this isn’t a “lullaby” record, although Birdie’s spirit and intention can often infuse things with a sense of a night’s closing mantra. And this isn’t a “kid’s music” record, although children can often be found singing a line from her songs, in the kind of way that children always seem to be tapped into genuine truth telling. In the end, this record became an album for not only a single friend, but for many in Birdie’s inner fold who had needed cathartic release and a gathering round of the wagons.

Thunder Bridge was recorded with her close-knit band, featured on her last effort Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night and added to the mix Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee) as a collaborator in both playing and production. The result is an 8-song affair that marries Birdie’s inclination for melodic and sonic meandering with conciseness of form and feeling-distillation. The record features 3-string busted cellos, vintage drum machines, and a rainbow-keyed Gibson organ whose distinct tones create a very particular soundscape for the body of work. A record of brevity, much like classics were in the golden age of vinyl, you can find yourself listening to this several times over fairly quickly. The many listens feel non-repetitive, more like a cyclical exercise in re-centering yourself.
The Extraordinaires
The Extraordinaires
With pop-rock meets folk music sensibilities, and purely artistic stage antics to match, the Extraordinaires are known for putting on shows that are both musically captivating and visually entertaining. Sean Moeller of describes The Extraordinaires' music as "bumping, cheerful arrangements that run the gamut through early Flaming Lips psychedelia, via albums like 'Clouds Taste Metallic' and 'Transmissions From The Satellite Heart,' to bright and sparkly pieces of pure pop that feel like pizzeria cabarets and exploding rainbow tales."

Lead singer Jay Purdy, puts an unrivaled contemporary emphasis on creative songwriting and storytelling lyrics, a quality best exemplified in their latest album "Electric and Benevolent," a concept album based on the life and times of inventor Nikola Tesla. Since 2005, The Extraordinaires have released a number of recordings on Philadelphia-based DIY record label Punk Rock Payroll, including three albums uniquely packaged in hand-crafted, hardcover books, and a 7 inch EP that functions not only as a vinyl record, but a board game (complete with playing cards, die, and instructions!) as well.

The Extraordinaires currently have their music featured in the independent films The Space Jockey Pursuit and Disney Shot Kennedy. As if the band hasn't been busy enough, in the summer of 2011, The Extraordinaires' sophomore release "Ribbons of War" will be turned into a full scale musical that will run for eight weeks in Chicago's renowned Piccolo Theater.

In the past 3 years, The Extraordinaires have toured relentlessly throughout the USA and Europe continuously building on their ever-growing worldwide fan base. The Extraordinaires have toured and performed with well-known acts such as Man Man, Dirty Projectors, Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, The Felice Brothers, Islands, and most recently Gogol Bordello as tour support.
Lux Perpetua
Lux Perpetua is the brain-child of Justin Wolf from Charlottesville, Virginia. With influences ranging from folk, to garage, and country, Lux Perpetua's music is rooted in abtract dialogue and melodic chord structure. He has recorded and played with artists such as The Extraordinaires, Folkskunde, and Look Alike, and currently finds himself living in South Philadelphia releasing new music on Punk Rock Payroll. His band features members of Man Man & Mountain Man.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147